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Homicide 69

4.38 of 5 stars 4.38  ·  rating details  ·  16 ratings  ·  7 reviews
It's the summer of 1969, and veteran Chicago homicide detective Mike Dooley is investigating the brutal torture-murder of a young woman. The victim is a former Playboy bunny and mobster's girlfriend. Dooley suspects this is more than a sex killing, which leads him into the deep waters of mob intrigue and political corruption. The Night Watch is a gripping novel about a man...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published December 12th 2006 by Carroll & Graf
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James Thane
Homicide 69 is another excellent book from Sam Reaves, an author who doesn't have nearly the following nor the reputation that he deserves.

The book is set in the summer of 1969. Richard Nixon is in the White House; war is raging in Vietnam; Neal Armstrong is walking on the moon; the Manson family is on its murderous rampage, and American society is in the process of being torn apart.

Against that backdrop, Mike Dooley, a solid, decent homicide detective, is doing what he can to redress the injust...more
This was a first-rate police procedural with quite a bit of factual history and geography. I had forgotten how many significant events happened during 1969. Everyone remembers Woodstock, but foreign conflicts, the Tate-LaBianca murders, riots, the Mets/Cubs, Vietnam post-Tet Offensive, Panther executions, Nixon etc. Wow. It's a wonder we made it through at all. The book provided strong environmentals and zeitgeist.

The story itself developed in an interesting fashion and had sufficient tension an...more
Sam Reaves keeps getting better. Reaves sets this book in Chicago, in 1969. His protagonist, homicide detective Mike Dooley, is one of those people from the 1960s that we tend to forget-the guy with the short haircut who was mainly interested in doing his job, the guy who fought in WWII, who sees the world going to hell around him and is dismayed. He's a card-carrying member of the Silent Majority.

The main line of this story is Dooley's investigation into the brutal torture and murder of a young...more
Sep 11, 2013 Diane rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a well-written story
Recommended to Diane by: a friend
What a great book Homicide 69 is. Sam Reaves is a masterful writer. I had to force myself to save the book for evening reading, or I wouldn't have gotten anything else done. If I didn't know better, I would've sworn that Reaves, like his protagonist Michael Dooley, is an Irish Catholic homicide detective working the grittier streets of Chicago.
The author's clever writing often made me laugh out loud, something you don't expect when you're reading mysteries about homicides. More than that, Rea...more
Rene Saller
Excellent hardboiled noir: character-driven, expertly plotted, a vivid rendering of a particular time (summer and fall of 1969) and place (Chicago). It puzzles me that Reaves is not better known because I think he's every bit as good as Pelecanos and Price. I'll be looking for more titles by him, especially in this series.
Kris Mcconville
Turned me into a fan of Sam's as well as a friend of his. His development of the character of Dooley was absolutely wonderful.
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Aka Dominic Martell.

Sam Reaves has written seven Chicago-based crime novels, including the Cooper MacLeish series, the Dooley series and the stand-alone Mean Town Blues. As Dominic Martell he has penned a European-based suspense trilogy. Reaves has traveled widely in Europe and the Middle East but has lived in the Chicago area most of his life. He has worked as a teacher and a translator.
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